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Knitting :: My sunrise cardi, which I’ve almost finished! I just have one of the sleeve edgings and the collar left. The pattern is from Swoon Maine, which is such a beautiful book, and the yarn is Knit Picks palette.
(Rav link)

Reading :: An Agatha Christie, always a perfect summer mystery – Peril at End House. I’ve also just started A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, because I needed a hardcover book to read on transit on my way to work… rush hour is just too crazy for paperbacks.

What have you been knitting and reading this week?

Linking up with KCCO and Yarn-Along.


Easter Eggs







Happy Easter Sunday!

To celebrate, some friends and I got together on Friday evening and dyed some hardboiled eggs with food colouring. I love how the colours turned out, and using tape made such fun patterns. I also made some hot cross buns, and generally enjoyed a bit of time off work and school (although I’m still writing papers…).

It’ll be after Easter by the time most of you see this, but in case you want to save it for future reference, I wrote up a tutorial for dyeing eggs with food colouring a few years ago.

I hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend!


Pickles, cabin fever, and sick days








This week is the first week this year that I just feel so done with winter. Maybe it’s because we had a big storm the last few days, or maybe it’s because I’ve got the flu and have been cooped up at home, but I’m really looking forward to warm weather and fresh veggies and sunshine.

Even as cabin fever sets in, I’ve been enjoying the extra time to work on my red brick cardigan (I’m almost done the body – details on Ravelry) and have watched a few good things on Netflix. Some more episodes of The X-Files, and about half of a really interesting documentary about the Barkley race. I’d love your recommendations if anyone has watched anything good lately.

I did manage to make some pickles earlier this week, though, in an effort to hurry spring along. The cucumbers were just imported garden ones from the grocery store, and I made up a brine and stuck them in the fridge. I tasted one a few days ago, and although they definitely still need more curing time, the flavour profile is promising – just the right balance of vinegar, dill, and a hint of garlic. I used this recipe from Food in Jars, omitting the onions and packing them all into one big quart jar. The amount of brine listed in the recipe was still perfect, though.

Wishing you a lovely long weekend, friends!


Almost spring?





Happy weekend, friends! It’s been so lovely here this week that it almost feels like spring. I hope you’ve been enjoying some warm, sunny weather too. Here are some of my favourite things from around the internet this week:

Along with the nice weather will soon come the return of abundant local produce. Finding affordable local food in a city with an absurdly high cost of living is a challenge, but here are some tips for finding cheap groceries in expensive times.

I made granola using this recipe from the Kitchn as a general guide. Stovetop granola is perfect for when you want a bowl in the morning, but don’t have the time or the ingredients to make a huge oven batch. It takes about as long as making oatmeal, and I like granola more, so why not?

This year was my first year with a balcony, and we didn’t really get our act together to make it a nice space before the weather got cold again. This year, we’re moving again, but armed with some cute furniture, planters, and some serious dedication to use our outdoor space. These beautiful outdoor spaces were just the inspiration I needed.

I enjoy doing things with the people I love, but I also enjoy doing them alone. It’s all about balance. Why the weird stigma of doing things alone?

I’ve been enjoying poetry a lot lately, and someone shared a snippet from Ars Poetica #100 on twitter earlier this week:

Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.

The rest of the short poem is just as wonderful.

Happy weekending!










I can’t believe that Christmas is a week away. I’ve still got one exam left to write on Tuesday, and then I’ll be off from classes for over two weeks, which sounds wonderful. On top of studying, I’ve been frantically trying to knit on the last few Christmas gifts for this year.

Hope you are all having a lovely holiday season so far! Are you frantically knitting as well, or are you finished your Christmas knitting?












I feel like the last two months have just flown by, and I can’t believe that I’ll be back in classes again in a few weeks. There have been so many fantastic days this summer, though, and I’ve felt so grateful to be working at such an amazing job, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and visiting beautiful places. The next few weeks are packed full with exciting plans too.

How have your last few weeks of summer been?

(Knitting pictured- NYC Socks)


2015 Garden Updates (#1)






My garden this year is going to be a little different… usually I have that lovely raised bed in my parents’ backyard, but since I’m staying in the city this summer, I’ve got a lot less space to work with. No to worry, though, I’ve read time and time again that balcony gardens can produce way more food than you expect! Since May was crazy with moving and everything else, it’s been a bit of a slow start, but here’s what we’ve got right now:

-Little pots of herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, and lavender from seed, and spearmint and Italian basil from purchased seedlings)
-A planter of leaf lettuce (Grand Rapids, from seed)
-A planter of spinach (Bloomsdale Longstanding, from seed)
-One of those upside down planters with a cherry tomato plant in it. There were originally two, but the wind the other night proved to be too much for the less sheltered plant. I have no idea if these planters work, but they were recommended in a book and I’d love to make space vertically.

I’ve still got lots of things I’d like to plant, and for now, the next few tasks are replanting that tomato plant, planting carrots, and turning a really big rubbermaid tub that we got off freecycle into a self-watering planter. I think I’m going to put beefsteak tomatoes and pole beans (probably Kentucky wonder again) in it.

In completely unrelated news… is anyone going to the Textile Museum sale tomorrow or Saturday? Tips from anyone who has been in the past? I’m really looking forward to it!

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In Spring.





The last month has been crazy, but life is finally starting to settle down! We moved (and mostly unpacked), I went to Pennsylvania for a week for a wedding (more pictures to come), and I’ve been working an unimaginable number of hours on the secret project, which will not be a secret for much longer.

How has your spring been so far?